Slips and falls might be funny on TV or in a comedy skit, but they are certainly no joke if you have been the victim of a serious fall, especially when that slip or fall could have been easily prevented. Many types of serious injuries result from slip and fall accidents, including acute back pain, paralysis, spinal cord damage, head injuries, broken bones or dislocated joints.
If you have suffered a slip or fall injury while at work, you may be eligible for workers compensation or be able to file a third party claim.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a slip or fall you know that it can be very physically painful on top of causing a lot of stress and worry. Unfortunately self-blame and embarrassment is a common problem for people who have suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s negligence or oversight in a premises liability slip or fall accident. Victims often do not want to cause someone else aggravation by filing a lawsuit, especially if that person is a neighbor.
But you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes or neglect. People or businesses that have been negligent with their properties should be held accountable, especially if the accident could repeat itself and harm another innocent person.
The slip and fall accident attorneys at Stewart, Murray and Associates Law Group (SMA Law Group) understand how frustrating and painful it is to be in a serious accident. We believe that people who cause others harm, even by sheer negligence or oversight, should be held responsible – especially when someone else’s health or life could be at risk if the problem is not rectified.
We are here to answer your questions and help you determine if you should file a premises liability claim against the property owner. We offer free consultations and we do not collect any out of pocket fees. We only get paid if you get paid.
Since Pittsburghers endure fairly long winters, it is common for people to neglect to properly remove snow and ice from their sidewalks. In addition, uneven sidewalks may also be to blame for a trip or fall accident. In the old suburban streets of Pittsburgh, where trees roots can spread and raise the pavement, dangerous sidewalk accidents are a very common problem.
A slip or fall accident may also be the result of other unsafe property conditions, such as broken railings or steps, insufficient lighting or dangerous decks.
Other types of premises liability slip and fall accidents may include:
Whether you have been injured on personal property or commercial property (supermarkets, hotels, parking lots, office buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, small businesses, venues, etc.) our attorneys are here to answer your questions and provide a free case evaluation. We do not collect any fees unless we win money for you.
We can also help if you have been injured due to a slip or fall at work.
In certain cases it may be unclear as to who is responsible for maintaining a property and therefore who is at fault for your accident. For instance, if a sidewalk is not cleared of ice or snow and it is personal property, it is the property owner’s responsibility. However, if the property is a commercial property or business, it may be the responsibility of the municipality or business to clear the sidewalk.
An injury from a slip or fall accident does not necessarily mean the property owner or business is to blame. First the property has to be proven to be unreasonably safe. And in order to prove fault, the plaintiff must prove that the property owner knew of the unsafe condition or should have reasonably known.
Taking pictures immediately of the unsafe area is a top priority in being able to prove the area was unsafe.
If you have been seriously injured from a slip or fall accident that has cost you medical bills or time off from work, call our accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
Our goal is to get the maximum compensation you deserve. We handle all premises liability slip and fall accident cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid. We will give your case the personal attention you deserve and do every thing possible to get money for your injuries.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will conduct an extensive investigation into the accident, collecting evidence as needed to present a strong and winnable case.
We are aggressive and compassionate accident attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA who understand your rights and how to fight for the money you deserve. Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck – we are here to make a difference. Contact us today.
Each year, more than 9 million Americans are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, according to the National Safety Council. Not all slip and fall accidents cause injury to the victim, but when they do, fractures are the most common type of injury associated with these accidents.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, about 50 percent of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by falls. Contrary to popular belief, the “slip-and-faller” is not always to blame for the accident. Many victims of such accidents think to themselves, “I should have been more careful!” when, in fact, their accident occurred due to someone else’s fault.
These people miss their opportunity to seek compensation for their slip and fall injury. Pennsylvania’s premises liability law allows victims of slip and fall accidents to recover damages from the owner or occupier of the property who failed to prevent that accident by not fulfilling his or her legal obligations and failing to ensure a safe environment for the visitors.
If you do not want to miss your opportunity to obtain compensation after a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to speak to a Pittsburgh slip and fall attorney from SMA Law Group. Before calling our law offices – by the way, we offer a free phone consultation when you call us! – read our answers to some of the most common questions about slip and falls in Pennsylvania.
Each year, the total medical costs to treat slip and fall injuries in the United States reach roughly $50 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our legal experts from SMA Law Group have previously discussed the importance of raising awareness of slip and falls in our blog.
But is everyone who slips and falls on another person’s property entitled to compensation? Far from it. Although it might be difficult to determine whether or not a property owner can be held responsible for your slip and fall accident without looking into the details of your particular case, much depends on whether the property owner breached his or her duty of care and whether the victim was careless in not seeing or avoiding the hazardous condition.
More often than not, a property owner can be held accountable for a slip and fall injury if any of the following elements is true:
In many premises liability lawsuits, the defendant – the owner or occupier of the property where the accident occurred – will attempt to escape liability by claiming that the slip and fall was the victim’s fault because he or she was reasonably expected to avoid the accident. In our blog, a Pittsburgh slip and fall attorney from SMA Law Group has previously covered the matter of the victim’s fault in a slip and fall accident.
But the property owner trying to put the blame on you is not the only difficulty that you may encounter in the course of your slip and fall case. There is a specific time limit for bringing premises liability claims in Pennsylvania. In our state, the statute of limitations for slip and fall accidents is two years.
While two years may seem like plenty of time, the sooner you file a claim, the more likely you are to succeed during settlement talks. Let’s be honest, the option of going to court can be a valuable bargaining chip during any settlement talks.
An experienced slip and fall lawyer in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania will help you find evidence to prove that you are entitled compensation under the legal theory of premises liability:
Do keep in mind that not every slip and fall accident entitles you to pursue compensation by bringing a premises liability claim against the property owner or possessor. In fact, as we have previously discussed in our blog, some people are more at risk of slip and fall injuries than others.
If the other party is trying to make you partially or fully to blame for the accident, do not hesitate to contact our Pittsburgh slip and fall lawyer at SMA Law Group. Get a free consultation by calling at 412-765-3345.
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